Rather Be Sweating (www.ratherbesweating.com) is a blog devoted to Bikram yoga, parenting, and overall healthy living. The blog is authored by a friend of mine, Maria McBride. Maria is the owner of a Bikram yoga studio and a mother of two young children.
The blog is laid out in an easy to follow manner. The blog contains a simple catchy header “Rather be sweating” and also contains a footer with additional information about the blog and a place to sign up for email updates.
The footer also contains links to Maria’s social media accounts. The header of the blog contains links to different pages on the site (home, about, business, food, mom stuff, yoga, contact page). This provides easy navigation to the particular topics the reader finds most intriguing. On the home page, the most recent blog posts are displayed. The title of each post is displayed along with a photo and the first few sentences of the blog post. Additionally, the date each post was published is displayed. The about me page is easy to navigate to (link in header). At the bottom of each blog post, are three related blog posts that the reader may be interested in. On each page of the blog, it allows readers to subscribe to an email list for updates. The footer contains icons that allow the users to share the blog post on several social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter and Linked in.
The blog is mainly focuses on yoga, but also contains posts about Maria’s experiences as a parent and business owner. In many of her posts, she aims to tie together lessons from yoga that have aided her in being a parent and successful business owner. Some examples of her blog posts include:
- Favorite Yoga Lessons
- 11 Thoughts on Becoming a Mom
- Bikram Yoga and Back Pain
- Why Runner’s need Bikram Yoga
- You Don’t have to be Flexible to do Yoga
Each blog post is around 5-8 paragraphs and contains several pictures from Maria’s life that are relevant to the topic. The content and layout of each posts are strengths of each blog. The posts are well written. They are long enough to provide the reader with some unique insight into the topic, but short enough that they keep the reader’s attention.
Many of Maria’s posts contain comments from readers. Without going through every post, I wasn’t able to determine which one contained the most comments, however most posts contained at least 2-3 comments. Maria responds to every comment on her blog. Many readers are asking questions related to the topic. For example, on the post “Why Runner’s need Bikram Yoga”, a reader was curious about breathing improvements during running from doing Bikram Yoga. Maria promised to follow up with a blog post on this topic. From separate conversations with Maria, she has told me that many of her topics come directly from readers. Maria has just under 1000 Instagram followers.
On Maria’s “about me page”, she provides several pictures (her husband, children and dog) and provides a brief summary of her interests and background.
Rather Be Sweating is a very well-written and easy to navigate blog that contains blog posts related to Bikram yoga, parenting, and overall healthy living. The site is easy to navigate and easy for the reader to find posts that are most relevant or interesting to their lives. The content of each blog post is the appropriate length and contains images from Maria’s life. The content of each post is one of the blogs strengths. Another strength is the time that Maria takes to respond to each comment left by a reader, and that she listens to her reader’s ideas for new topics.
I noticed in my review that Maria doesn’t have many followers on certain social media outlets (twitter for example). I think this is one area of focus that could bring more potential readers to the blog. I also think that while easy to follow, adding a brighter color to the header could make it more attention grabbing. Overall, I think this blog is very well done.